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In NL park, Royals slugger Billy Butler prepares for role as a pinch hitter

Sports.yahoo.com  -  SAN FRANCISCO — Billy Butler stood in front of his locker Thursday afternoon, smiling and talking about his very abrupt role-change in the World Series. His two singles and two RBIs keyed the Kansas City Royals' Game 2 victory, but now he'll wait his turn as a pinch hitter when the series shifts to the Giants' home turf for three games starting Friday. It's something that comes up every year in t 6 days

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MLB Playoffs 2014: Day 4 Schedule, Updated AL and NL Series Predictions

Bleacherreport.com  -  Day 3 of the 2014 MLB playoffs featured a pair of tense, low-scoring affairs that did plenty to underscore the narrow gaps in talent between the teams fortunate enough to survive the 162-game slog and make it into the postseason. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 2-1 in an 18-inning marathon, and Matt Kemp's eighth-inning solo home run prevented hoards of Los Angeles 24 days

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MLB Playoffs 2014: Day 3 Schedule, Updated AL and NL Series Predictions

Bleacherreport.com  -  The first two days of the American and National League Division Series have lived up to the expectations of the fans, but with Day 3 of the MLB playoffs schedule full of intense action, the anticipation continues to climb.If you like elite pitching, Saturday's action is right up your alley. With San Francisco's Tim Hudson, Washington's Jordan Zimmermann, St. Louis' Lance Lynn and the Los Ang 25 days

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NL wild card: Bumgarner and Crawford help Giants overpower Pirates

Sports.yahoo.com  -  It didn't pack the same punch as Tuesday's AL wild-card game, but the San Francisco Giants were happy to avoid the drama. Thanks to Madison Bumgarner's masterful complete-game performance and Brandon Crawford's fourth-inning grand slam, they cruised past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-0, advancing to the NLDS against the Washington Nationals.The largest crowd in PNC Park history was predictably loud a 28 days

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Pirates Fans Did Not Enjoy Pittsburgh's N.L. Wild Card Loss to San Francisco

Thebiglead.com  -  Rough night to end a good year. 28 days

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Giants vs. Pirates: Live Score, Highlights for 2014 NL Wild Card Game

Bleacherreport.com  -  PNC Park is sure to be rocking when the Pittsburgh Pirates host the San Francisco Giants for the 2014 NL Wild Card Game.The Bucs hand the ball to Edinson Volquez, who carries a stingy 1.04 ERA over his last five home starts. Volquez’s last and only playoff experience was being on the unfortunate end of Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Halladay’s no-hitter in the 2010 NL Divisional Se 28 days

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MLB Playoff Schedule 2014: Updated Bracket and Preview for NL Wild Card Game

Bleacherreport.com  -  With the Kansas City Royals getting the better of the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night, the focus now shifts to the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates.The two face off to determine who will meet the top-seeded Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series.The Giants have made the postseason twice in the last five years, but they made the most of those appearances, wi 29 days

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NL wild card preview: Pirates look to battle past playoff-tested Giants

Sports.yahoo.com  -  There's no doubt the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco have taken two vastly different roads to reach the 2014 NL wild-card game. For the Pirates, there are 20 years of futility now firmly placed in the rearview mirror. The satisfaction of a winning season and simply making the postseason in 2013 has given way to desires of winning their first World Series championship since 1979. For the batt 29 days

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